When speaking with reporters after the Chicago Bulls series-ending loss to the Washington Wizards in game 5 on Tuesday, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau refrained from mentioning Carlos Boozer as part of the team’s future. Thus, being an indicator that Boozer likely will be traded, or at least, amnestied by the Bulls this summer.
Speaking from the Berto Center on Wednesday, Bulls’ general manager Gar Forman highlighted the obvious when it comes to Boozer and his options for the summer.
“We know there’s been a lot written about that,” Forman said. “We have valued Carlos. And I think Carlos has had a big part of our success the last four years. Obviously, we still have amnesty as an option that we haven’t used that a lot of teams have. That’s something as we go into July we’ll have to evaluate. If it’s something that makes sense as far as getting our team stronger, we may go that way. But we also may not go that way. And you guys know us: We’re not going to make decisions until we have had a chance to really go through the process, study what the pluses are, what the minuses could be and then make whatever we think is the best decision for our team.” -Gar Forman, ESPN Chicago
In layman’s terms, Forman said nothing about what the Bulls will do with Boozer in the off-season. Forman indicated that the Bulls will either amnesty Boozer in the summer or decide against amnestying the power forward.
Boozer is not returning to the Bulls. For obvious reasons, the Bulls can not publicly admit to that fact at this point. Boozer burned his ties to Thibodeau with his comments over his lack of playing time and that all but sealed his fate with the Bulls.
It’s possible that the Bulls could trade Boozer but come mid-July, trade or amnesty, the Bulls will have ridden themselves of Boozer.